Blackbuck poaching case: Salman Khan granted bail by Jodhpur court

  • Blackbuck poaching case: Salman Khan granted bail by Jodhpur court

Blackbuck poaching case: Salman Khan granted bail by Jodhpur court

The actor, who has been sentenced to five years in jail for killing two blackbucks, has spent two nights in the Jodhpur Central Jail. Actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, and Neelam, were let off for lack of evidence.

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Salman's case was presented in the session's court on Friday by senior advocate Mahesh Bora, who came with a 51-page bail application.

District and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi allowed Khan's plea for bail and suspension of sentence so that he could file an appeal against his conviction and sentencing. The hearing was put off till Saturday after the judge asked for the entire case records.

It was claimed that in September 1998, Khan hunted down the animals in the Kankani village of Rajasthan; in October 1998 Khan was arrested in the connection with the poaching of endangered animals, and subsequently granted bail. "The second postmortem report clearly states the animal died of gunshot wounds and the fact that the eyewitness stuck to his statements throughout the trial shows that our case is strong", said public prosecutor Pokhar Ram Bishnoi. Later, Preity Zinta, who has acted with Salman Khan in several films, also paid him a visit.

Khan, 52, was found guilty of violating wildlife laws by killing a blackbuck, an endangered species of antelope, in 1998. The Rajasthan high court suspended the sentences the following year, and eventually quashed both convictions in 2016.

Seven months later, the high court acquitted him.

Film industry analysts say Khan has almost $90 million riding on him with at least three big projects in the pipeline. As they make digs on Salman's bail, they also spare some jokes on the expense of Kapil Sharma whose abuses made to headlines recently, Salman's brief jailmate Asaram Bapu and his old nemesis Vivek Oberoi.

A director of one of Khan's upcoming films "Race 3" expressed relief at his release.

"The accused is a popular actor whose deeds are followed by people. Welcome brother Salman Khan".

Her mother also said that her inclination towards Salman is so high that she starts crying everytime Salman Khan cries in his movies.